Fixing Up a Prince Tennis Racket Stringing Machine Model P-200

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by ctromano, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. ctromano

    ctromano Rookie

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    hi All,

    I have a chance to buy the prince model p-200... it is not working, it has all the parts and tools however, it's selling for $150... should I take a chance or let it go. How hard would it be to fix up, are parts hard to find for this model, how old is it? would it be a good step up from my klippermate, even though it is not working?

    thanks in advanced
     
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  2. Irvin

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    Let it go by the time you finish you will have put in enough to buy a good new machine.
     
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  3. MAX PLY

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    I think Irvin is correct. The person who buys that machine should be a person who already has a working P-200 and may need the spare parts in the future.
     
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  4. dak95_00

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    Agree with these two!

    I have a working P200 and it wasn't when I bought it for $150. $100 later and I got it working. There are few people out there with parts. The clamps are 1 of a kind and impossible to get if they aren't in existence.

    I bought it last summer and just got it to work this spring. It is a nice stringer though. I'd let mine go to you for $350 if you picked it up in Columbus, OH. I'd take that money and apply it to my other savings to buy something w/o glide bars. Glide bars suck for fan pattern racquets!

    You could probably find a better deal on Clist or that auction site if you are just patient. I saw a Gamma tabletop crank go fro $275 earlier this year. I've seen Ektelon H's going for under $400 too.

    BTW, if that P200 does have the many clamps, etc., I might be interested in it for parts but not for $150. I'd only give $50 for it in non-working condition and I'd suggest I was doing the former owner a favor by hauling away a very heavy load of garbage!
     
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  5. Irvin

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    Not only do glide bar machine not work well for fan rackets that are not high on my list for doing ATW patterns.
     
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  6. ndhUW

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    I have a working P-200 machine. I bought it for $250 a few years ago. It's an interesting piece of equipment if you like to tinker with it. The pump, the glide bars, and the clamps are hard to replace or fix if anything goes wrong. As I've developed my stringing technique and know-how, I will wait for its death and upgrade to a Prince Neos 1000 or something similar.
     
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  7. ctromano

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    i feel like i can at least go check it out and see if it actually works or not, the guy says it dosent work but doesn't know how to use it, so I have some thoughts of maybe, but then again it must be an old machine, is it an 80's or 90's machine? anyway i have a klippermate and it works fine, i can wait for my next machine too. thanks again.
     
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  8. dak95_00

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    Take a look at it. Make certain it has the two long glide bars, two short glide bars and at least 2 clamps.

    Then power it up and hit the arm to pull the string after setting some tension with the dial. If it actually pulls back, it might work.

    I have a .pdf of a repair guide and another of the users guide. Email me if you want them.

    It's an 80s machine. There is a pick or two near the very end of the link of take a picture of your machine thread. It a big monster. You'd need a truck of a minivan to get it.
     
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  9. ndhUW

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    dak95_00,

    Could you e-mail me the guides for the P-200 stringing machine at ngohoang at gmail dot com? I've been looking for them, but none of the people I contacted had them. Thanks a lot.
     
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  10. coachrick

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    If I weren't already working with a Prince machine(I'm not, thankfully) and had an extra one or two for parts, I'd skip the OP's potential boat anchor and put the money toward something a bit more elegant(read: darned near anything). Just my .02

    I had the 'luxury' of stringing on a brand new P-200 in '91...all I wanted was an Ektelon H :( . If the P-200 were a racket, most would refer to it as a WAR CLUB! Fortunately, I had a Star and Pioneer III available at home during that time.
     
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